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rain shadow

n.
An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a barrier, such as a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture before reaching it.

rain shadow

n
(Physical Geography) the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Noun1.rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
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After Jaisalmer, it is Anantapur, which is under the rain shadow area.
The Gobi is a rain shadow desert, as it has been formed by the Tibetan Plateau, which isolates the area from precipitation produced by the Indian Ocean.
under the rain shadow recalls that long-ago promise.
The theory is loosely based on what is called a rain shadow in which one side of a mountain traps moist air while another side of the ridge doesn't.
All reflect their moments in time, proving that human nature does not change in this land of rain shadow.
Bethany finally learns self-acceptance in the metaphor of being in the rain shadow of a mountain where little grows except for the hardiest of shrubs.
The vines are planted in the rain shadow of the Andes where the summit nearly scrapes earth's ceiling.
Award-winning author Valerie Sherrard continues to explore the connection between human beings, community and nature in Rain Shadow, a companion novel to The Glory Wind.
Being in the rain shadow of the Annapurna Range and protected from the monsoons, Upper Mustang has a very short wet season and has the benefit of clear skies for most of the year.
The study suggests that the two ranges, which are located to the north of the Gobi, created a rain shadow, blocking wetter air from entering Central Asia.
Very much as the Pennines act as a rain shadow I suspect any economic benefit enjoyed by Birmingham, Leeds etc will dissipate itself fairly lightly on this side of Britain.
While some regions received moderate showers, certain perennially rain shadow blocks still remain dry.